Use Windows Vista Task Manager to See File Name of Running Process

One of the nicer upgrades in Windows Vista is the ability to see the file name of a running process through the Task Manager. How many times have you seen a process in Task Manager but couldn’t figure out where on earth it was located? This ability isn’t turned on by default, but it’s simple enough to do.

To start task manager, just right click on the taskbar and choose task manager. Then select the View menu and Select Columns.

Then select the Image Path Name checkbox in the list.

Now you should see the file name in the list of running processes:

If you see items that don’t have an image path name, that’s because they are running from the windows directory, or somewhere in the system path.

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